- Represents CTA, its chapters, and members in proceedings before state and federal trial and appellate courts; the state public sector labor relations board; arbitrators appointed pursuant to the collective bargaining agreements of CTA chapters; and other decision-making bodies. This may include the initiation of strategic, affirmative litigation.
- Advises on a continual basis the CTA Officers, Directors, and departments on a wide range of labor, employment, education and related legal topics.
- Trains and educates CTA leaders and staff on relevant legal issues of concern to CTA and its membership through conferences, seminars, and publications. These programs include multi-day trainings in labor law for CTA staff; telephone and webinar discussions for CTA staff and GLS attorneys about priority legal issues as they arise; monthly summaries of legal work on behalf of CTA, its chapters and members; and regular legal advisories to CTA staff.
- Provides select training and education programs for CTA leaders and members including two tracks at Summer Institute; presentations at Presidents’ Conference and certain Leadership Conferences; and a training for CTA members who serve on panels for the Commissions on Professional Competence.
In certain cases of civil, disciplinary, criminal or credential defense of current CTA members, NEA’s Kate Frank/Dushane Unified Legal Services Program (ULSP) provides partial funding for attorneys’ fees. This program is administered through CTA’s Group Legal Services, which is overseen by the Chief Counsel and Legal Director. CTA selects private attorneys and law firms to participate in the program and determines whether funding applies to a particular case in accordance with Board-approved guidelines. CTA Legal also administers the Educators Employment Liability (EEL) insurance program.
CTA LEGAL REPRESENTATION, TRAINING AND PUBLICATIONS 1.0
CTA Legal advances and protects the interest of CTA, its chapters, and its membership through the provision of legal representation, training and advice.
REIMBURSEMENTS (FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF LEGAL REPRESENTATION) 2.0
CTA Legal receives funding reimbursement for many of its cases, mainly through NEA’s Kate Frank/DuShane Unified Legal Services Program (ULSP), but also by recovering court-awarded attorneys’ fees and insurance plan payments.